Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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RE: Why?
by jack_perry on Thu 26th Aug 2010 01:56 UTC in reply to "Why?"
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

I suspect the problem is not so much square mileage, but the near-universal inability of urban folk to see outside their very narrow points of view, and imagine just a few of the circumstances that make life very, very different for people who don't live in cities.

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RE[2]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Thu 26th Aug 2010 02:55 in reply to "RE: Why?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe. I've done both, growing up in Boston and then spending much of my life in a rural town (if one could call it that) where everything was more distant (hospital, grocery store, no city water, etc.) and transportation was necessary. But I am not sure what your statement has to do with the area issue? Are you suggesting no one in the cities would vote to spend money to set up sirens for those in rural areas?

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RE[3]: Why?
by jack_perry on Thu 26th Aug 2010 16:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

You misunderstood my point, partly because I wasn't clear. I didn't mean that city folk wouldn't want to help rural folk; rather that city folk think only within the constraints of their everyday life, and don't think of how things might work differently elsewhere. That is, the suggestion for air raid sirens makes complete sense in an urban setting -- even if the urban setting is giant, presumably the tax base would be more than adequate to pay for it -- but not in a rural setting. So the person who dismissed the notion of FM radio in favor of air raid sirens was engaged in that sort of urban reasoning.

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RE[3]: Why?
by ferrels on Thu 26th Aug 2010 17:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

No, I'm saying that I agree with you completely about non-Americans who make snide remarks about a purely American issue and that I also agree that the US government has its hands into far too many things that should be left alone. This site is rife with people who go out of their way to use it as a soap box to poke fun at the US when they have no real understanding or experience with the issue at hand. It's funny because I NEVER see any negative comments on here from Americans criticizing the EU or its member nations.

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RE[2]: Why?
by Tuishimi on Thu 26th Aug 2010 02:58 in reply to "RE: Why?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=242059

Most popular air raid and warning sirens today produce a sound level of 127 dB at 100 feet and provide a typical one-mile radius coverage area. At 138 dB the Chrysler Air Raid Siren is approximately two times as loud and will provide a two and one-half mile radius coverage area with the same sound level at the distant edge. The most powerful siren available for purchase today (American Signal's Tempestâ„¢ T-135-ACâ„¢) produces a sound level of 135 dB at 100 feet. The 3dB higher output of the Chrysler Air Raid Siren, at 138 dB, represents twice as much sound energy output.

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